Making a Case for Using Trial Graphics to Prove Damages

March 26, 2013

Christopher J. Sullivan, Interface Consulting vice president of operations and a principal consultant recently submitted an article highlighting the use of trial graphics and demonstrative evidence in proving damages during dispute resolution. The February 2013 issue of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry’s Division 1 newsletter The Dispute Resolver features Mr. Sullivan’s article, “Proving Damages Using Trial Graphics.”

In the article, Mr. Sullivan reviews the different types of trial demonstratives and emphasizes the need to select the appropriate type of graphic that matches the attorney’s case strategy. Whether it is bar charts, timelines, diagrams, or 3D modeling, Mr. Sullivan suggests that the attorney and the damages consultant work closely togetherfrom the onset of the project to achieve the best product. He notes that “…a collaborative approach works best because the consultant and attorney each offer different expertise – the consultant knows the technical issues…, while the attorney has been working throughout discovery and pre-trial to set themes to be presented at trial….”

For more information on this subject, please see the extended version of this article, “In Construction Claims, A Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words,” on Interface Consulting’s website.

The Division 1 of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry focuses on dispute avoidance and resolution. Be on the lookout for the March 2013 issue of The Dispute Resolver as the “Member Spotlight” section features Interface president and principal consultant Frank G. Adams, PE.

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